Top 10 waiver claims for Week 17
Fantasy star quarterbacks
Tom Brady and
Philip Rivers could be resting by the second half.
Indianapolis and New Orleans have clinched home-field
advantage; San Diego has won the AFC’s No. 2 seed; and New
England will be playing at home in the first round regardless of
Week 17’s outcome.
Heading into the fantasy title game, their owners may want to
claim another quarterback who will be more likely to produce a full
game of stats.
Find out which quarterbacks can help win the fantasy title,
along with players at other fantasy positions.
10. Carolina D/ST
This resurging defense had a superb fantasy outing against
the New York Giants on the road. It allowed only three field goals,
acquired four sacks, forced four fumbles and created four turnovers
(two interceptions, two lost fumbles).
New Orleans will likely be resting Brees for the playoffs and
prevent an injury. This could help Carolina’s chances of
posting a noteworthy fantasy day at home.
9. Fred Davis, TE, Washington
Though he caught only two passes for 21 yards last game,
Davis totaled 17 catches for 211 yards and five touchdowns during
the previous four games.
San Diego could be resting its starters after already
clinching the second seed. Davis could produce another solid
fantasy day as one of
Jason Campbell’s top targets.
8. Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco
St. Louis ranks among the worst 10 for passing yards (237),
Shaun Hill to throw for two scores in Week
4’s first meeting. Smith has thrown for 11 touchdowns during
the past six contests and has already established a career high for
passing scores (17).
7. Brandon Gibson, WR, St. Louis
San Francisco ranks as the seventh-worst pass defense and
will provide an opportunity for St. Louis to pass effectively.
Gibson scored his first NFL touchdown last game and has 11
receptions during two of the past three games.
6. Jabar Gaffney, WR, Denver
With teams focusing on stopping Brandon Marshall from long
Kyle Orton has been forced to use secondary
options like Gaffney for big plays. Gaffney responded superbly
against Philadelphia, catching a team-high seven passes for 69
yards and his first two touchdowns of the season.
He has a favorable matchup against Kansas City’s shaky
defense, which ranks among the 11 worst for allowing passing scores
(24). Additionally, Orton had success against Kansas City on the
road when he threw for two scores and the team scored a season-high
44 points in Week 13’s first meeting.
Eddie Royal misses his second straight game, that
will help Gaffney’s stats even more.
5. Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver
Entering the afternoon game, Denver needs to win in order to
keep its playoffs hopes alive, pending the outcome of Baltimore
and/or the New York Jets.
If Denver jumps to a big lead early at home, the rushing
Knowshon Moreno and Buckhalter could help protect
it. In fact, he rushed for a season-high 113 yards against Kansas
City in Week 13’s lopsided win.
Additionally, Kansas City’s rushing defense ranks as
the second worst for yards (161) and has allowed the fourth-most
rushing scores (16).
4. Arian Foster, RB, Houston
With no fumbling issues, Foster served as Houston’s
featured back last game and ran for 97 yards and one score.
Ryan Moats received only eight carries and
averaged just 2.9 yards, while Foster had a team-high 19 carries
and averaged 5.1 yards.
The Patriots may elect to rest their starters, leaving Foster
with more running room.
3. Devin Aromashodu, WR, Chicago
He had his pro coming-out party in Week 14 when he caught
eight passes for 76 yards and a score (which came against Pro Bowl
cornerback Charles Woodson). He starred again against another
highly regarded cornerback Antoine Winfield when he caught seven
passes for 150 yards and a score last game.
He’ll be hoping to record another outstanding game
against Detroit’s worst-ranked pass defense.
2. Matt Moore, QB, Carolina
“Why wasn’t he playing sooner?” is a
Steve Smith owners may be asking about Moore.
He’s thrown three touchdowns during each of the past two
contests, including passing for 299 yards against Minnesota in Week
Though Carolina’s best receiver is out with a broken
arm, the team will be playing a Saints team likely to rest its
starters for the playoffs.
1. Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago
He found his passing groove in a tough divisional matchup
against Minnesota last game and threw for 273 yards and four
He next meets Detroit’s worst pass defense for yards
(265) and touchdowns (31). Playing in a dome will help his fanasy
cause by avoiding inclement weather that could negatively affect
his passing stats. Of note, he threw for two scores and ran for
another in Week 5’s first meeting with Detroit.